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The Princess Stallion (1997)

When her divorced mother dies, Sarah, a 15 year old Californian girl, is sent to live with her father on his farm in the Scottish highlands. There she meets a hermit (Fergus) who looks ... See full summary »

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Mark Haber

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Tom Gabbay (story and screenplay), Mark Grindle (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ariana Richards ... Sarah Stewart
Andrew Keir ... Fergus
David Robb ... Ian Stewart
Marcia Layton Marcia Layton ... Mother
Sarah Keller Sarah Keller ... U.S. Ticket Clerk
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Mrs. Brown
Liam Dolan Liam Dolan ... Alistair
Gary Lewis ... Rab
Gordon Cameron Gordon Cameron ... Malkie
Gordon McArthur Gordon McArthur ... Geoff
Jeffrey Daunton Jeffrey Daunton ... Doctor
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When her divorced mother dies, Sarah, a 15 year old Californian girl, is sent to live with her father on his farm in the Scottish highlands. There she meets a hermit (Fergus) who looks after sick and injured animals and destroys any traps set by hunters. One day she sees a white stallion in the fog. Her father doesn't believe that the horse is real, and that Fergus is having too big an influence on her. But the poachers are after the beautiful horse. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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The Magic, The Legend, and The Myth are about to become real...


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Princesa e o Cavalo See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Sarah rides the bareback/bridleless Stallion through the woods after discovering Ferguson collapsed, you can clearly see a clear/fishing line hackamore and "reins" as the actress pulls him up on the edge of the clearing. See more »

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An enjoyable tale of a horse and a teenage girl
11 October 2006 | by coyetsSee all my reviews

Although this is not a brilliant film, it was enjoyable enough to make me want to see it a second time. Most of the characters are credible, but, unfortunately, the villains of the piece exaggerate their mannerisms somewhat. More could possibly have been made of the cultural differences between California and the sparsely populated part of rural Scotland, which is beautifully portrayed in many of the quieter scenes. The features of Scotland which are non-existent or rare in England helped to underline the difficulties of migration and gave the film another aspect in the unspoilt nature to be found in the Highlands.

Sarah Stewart, played by Ariana Richards, is the heroine of the story, and changes moods as one would expect from a fifteen-year-old. Although the tale is not totally rounded, and one does not really have the feeling that everything is brought to a satisfactory conclusion, the character of Sarah stays interesting throughout the hour and a half, particularly when she is interacting with Fergus, played by Andrew Keir.

I do not have any interest in equestrianism, but I found the part played by the title horse more interesting than in many other films involving the relationship between a girl and a horse. As far as I could judge, the interactions between Sarah and the stallion were credible enough given the special, and not necessarily realistic, aura of the zoological star.

A further important feature of the film is the development of the relationship between Sarah and her father. Although this is less prominent than that of Sarah and Fergus, it surfaces often enough to provide another subplot, and to generate more interest in everything that happens.

As I mentioned at the beginning, this film is by no means a masterpiece, but it is good solid entertainment, well acted and well directed.


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